Written Answers - Legislative Programme.

Wednesday, 5 May 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 584 No. 6

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  160.  Mr. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   his schedule of law reform proposals for the next three years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12908/04]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  I can inform the Deputy that my Department’s legislative proposals are as contained in the Government’s legislative programme announced by the Chief Whip on 26 April 2004. The programme will continue to be updated in the normal way by each Department at the beginning of each Dáil session.

The programme is, of course, without prejudice to any further proposals for legislation which I might bring forward for Government approval, details of which would be announced in the usual way.

  161.  Mr. Durkan  Information on Bernard Durkan  Zoom on Bernard Durkan   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell   if he proposes to introduce legislation which might speed up the passage of family law cases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12909/04]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell  Zoom on Michael McDowell  It is not clear to me how legislation might expedite the passage of family law cases in the courts. If such a case is made to me, I will consider it.

As the Deputy will recall from my reply to a previous parliamentary question tabled by him in relation to family law, the Courts Service is responsible for the day to day management of the courts while I am responsible for ensuring that the service is adequately funded and, in this regard, €97.49 million has been provided in 2004. The resources provided allow the Courts Service [1619]to progress the implementation of its strategic plans and policies and to maintain appropriate levels of service. In so far as overall judicial resources are concerned, the matter is the subject of review.


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